Our Rule of Life instructs us: “Our houses will welcome those who wish to ‘come and see’ and thus experience at first hand what Oblate life is like. In a brotherly way we will help them discern what the Lord expects of them and what special grace he offers them in his Church.” CC&RR, Constitution 53
The origin of this practice goes back to the earliest days of our Oblate house in Aix, which provided lodging for students, welcomed the members of the youth congregation, and also served as a kind of time of preparation for those considering the possibility of an Oblate vocation .
Fr. Martin has spoken to me of two young men who faithfully attend our mission and whom he depicts to me as models of virtue, but do they have any talent? We cannot any longer accept anyone who is deprived of such for this is what our ministry demands. Let them forge ahead and finish the classes they have begun…
Letter to Jean Baptiste Honorat, 9 May 1828, EO VII n 300
“Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.” John Keats